During my travel-heavy consultant years, I picked up a remote study program. Business Psychology from which I graduated 2 years ago now, 7 years after my PhD.

After studying the foundations, like statistics and basic psychology, the classes became more specific and useful for my daily business. Social Psychology, Leadership, Change Management, Intercultural Psychology are examples for areas I dove deep into. Additionally, there were 3-day long seminars about professional conversations, coaching and mediation.

Gaining knowledge about all these fields helped me a great deal in becoming the coach I am today. And that is reflected in my Master Thesis. I investigate different ways to support people in becoming more resilient and take a look at how agile coaches do this in their work. In 3 case studies different coaches describe how they helped the coachee to bounce back from adversity.

My studies show that resilience is not a clear of a concept as many people might think it is. In fact, it is pretty vague. And due to different assumptions and perspectives, different scholars come to different conclusions. Therefore, there are no clear definitions and without definitions it’s difficult to create measuring methods. The assessment of a person’s resilience is not an easy task.

My studies also show, that agile coaches do not spend much time assessing the resilience of a person. However, they have a good understanding for the situation and take appropriate measures. Goal-oriented, with a focus on the people.

If you’re interested in reading the thesis, please let me know. It’s German though.


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